In my last post I spoke about what ready-made First Aid kits commonly contain.
Personally, I’m not a huge fan of buying ready-made First Aid kits as I feel there is a lot in there that I, as the average traveller do not need/use.
Here is a list of the items that I feel are essentials as part of a home-made First Aid kit.
Plasters/Band-aids – Yes number 1 on the list, in various shapes and sizes, you never know when you will need these, so it’s best to have at least a small number.
Sterile dressing – This is for the extra cautious traveller, maybe bring the odd one or two only, unless you’re planning to take part in some seriously hazardous work.
Micropore tape – To accompany the dressing
Scissors – In case you need to cut the dressing to size.
Bandage – Again for the more cautious traveller, a just in case item,
Safety pins – These can be used for fastening the bandage in place or even for various other problems, for example, a wardrobe malfunction, if you found yourself in the position where you ripped something, a safety pin can be a good short-term solution.
Antiseptic wipes/gel – It’s up to you what you prefer but you should have at least one or the other.
Condoms – Before you tell me this is not something to put in a first aid kit, we are talking about health and safety, and we want to make sure you are safe in all definitions of the word during your holiday. Don’t forget these.
These items are just some of the essentials, you may have others too but hold up, there’s still more. In my next post I will be talking about the medication that you should keep with you in your First Aid Kit.